After the CART Indy car accident in 2001 that cost him his legs, Zanardi became synonymous with BMW, the brand adapting racing cars to its less conventional demands with prosthetics. He scored four wins in the World Touring Car Championship before retiring in late 2009 to focus on his efforts at the Paralympic Games. This effort has borne fruit in a beautiful style, as in 2012 [London] and 2016 [Rio de Janeiro] At the Games, he totaled four gold medals and two silver medals. Between these two Paralympic Games, Zanardi returned to the race, driving the BMW Z4 Blancpain Series in 2014, getting the best result of the fifth. Electronics to abandon the artificial legs for the race, last year, Zanardi tried a manual braking system while he was driving a BMW M4 for a single DTM at Misano, where he finished fifth. This system has been customized to its liking and modified for the BMW M8 sports car, as time, the Indy auto champion takes part in this month's Rolex 24 in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team for his first race in America since the accident. Although Zanardi was occasionally about eight-tenths of his fastest teammates in last week's tests, the Roar Before the Team owner, Bobby Rahal, of Rolex 24, said he was not It does not help to read much in his lap times: "The Roar is useful," he told Motorsport.com, "but it's easy to get caught up in the times. It's about being well prepared and having a car in good shape, because when we come back in two weeks, we will have so little time before the start of the race on Saturday. "The Roar consists of practicing pilot changes, long races, the quickest way to relay without burning tires, and so on. "When Zanardi was asked to weigh all his weight within the team rather than lead the race as a personal challenge, Rahal replied:" Alex is an integral part of the "I'm really honored and we are all excited at the RLL to have Alex on board. We are very grateful to BMW for accompanying him, because it's a big story, a good guy and especially a great man. We are pleased. "But it's more than that, of course, look at Alex in this unique DTM race – the guy can drive!" So, I think for him, the test was to learn the braking system, the M8 and the circuit, he was just a little cautious, clever. I'm sure if we said to Alex, "Hey, you have to go for a qualifying simulation.[ulation]he was already there with the others. "But that's not what happens in a 24-hour race. It's much more important to bring the car to a place where it can perform well, and Alex is smart enough to do it. "
Praise for Mostert, Herta
Colton Herta, son of former Rahal teammate Bryan Herta, and Indy Lights from the last two years, will share the No. 25 BMW M8 at Daytona with Tom Blomqvist, Philipp Eng and Connor De Phillippi. He explained how much the young man adapted to driving a big Rahal coupe said: "To be fair, he did not have much time on track last week. But when we tested it for the first time, it did a very good job. As I'm sure he found out, tests are one thing, being a coach among all those cars is another story. But he's smart enough, we'll clearly tell him that it's not a race of 100-mile Indy Lights – he's going to be on the field for a while at each relay, and it's all about time constant turns and avoid trouble. Everything will be alright. "Rahal has been highly praised for having supercars, Chaz Mostert, who ran for the team in the final of last season, Petit Le Mans." Let me tell you this guy is a stud! Rahal said, "I really like him for one thing: a great guy, a great personality, and his performance in the car is pretty special." He joined us at Road Atlanta, a tough track that he had never seen before, it's pretty busy once the race started because there are a lot of cars on a short course, it's risky. "But I must say that all the members of the team were impressed by his speed and judgment, as well as by the way he interacted with the team at the time of the review in the trailer.I have plenty of time for him.